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Nursing home rating system signed into law

Posted: October 13, 2009 4:14 p.m.
Updated: October 14, 2009 1:21 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich today applauded Governor Schwarzenegger's decision to sign legislation requiring California nursing homes to post their five-star rating issued by the Federal Government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The rating, with five stars being the highest and one star the lowest, includes medical care, staffing levels, food services, sanitation, bedsore mitigation and the results of licensing inspections.

"The nursing home grading system will provide families vital information about the quality of care for their loved ones as the county's successful Restaurant Grading system equips them to make informed decisions about dining establishments,"  Antonovich said. "It also provides incentives for facilities to establish higher quality standards and compliance."

Assembly Bill 215 was authored by Assemblyman Mike Feuer and Cameron Smyth at the request of Supervisor Antonovich. 

He sent the motion to send a five-signature letter in support of a facility rating guide for nursing facilities and convalescent homes to the Governor, the California State Legislature, and the Director of the State Department of Public Health.  The bill was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

While the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services performs licensing and complaint inspections through a contract with the State of California, only the state can require facilities to post the results of the new Federal Rating system.

Supervisor Antonovich is the father of the County's successful Restaurant Grading system established in 1997.

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